INTERNATIONAL

Yemen Conflict

The United Nations says a withdrawal by Yemen's Houthi movement from three red sea ports had been carried out by warring parties under a peace deal that it hopes will pave the way for wider peace talks.

The head of the U.N.'s redeployment coordination committee in Hodeidah, Lieutenant General Michael Lolles Gaard, has welcomed the fact that the ports had been handed over to local coast guards.

He urged parties to finalize negotiations for a full implementation of the next stages of the Hodeidah deal.

The withdrawal was a diplomatic breakthrough after months of stalling by both parties and takes place at a time of heightened tension in the Arab gulf region that could complicate peace efforts led by U.N. Envoy Martin Griffiths.